CALIFORNIA/TORONTO – Millions of schoolchildren in the US and Canada are exposed to potentially harmful levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) everyday through their uniforms, according to a new peer-reviewed study.
PFAS, also known as ‘forever chemicals’ because of their durability in the environment, have been linked with a number of major health risks including hormone suppression, thyroid disease and even cancer.
The study’s authors say they’re concerned about the heightened risk PFAS pose to children, due to their lower body weight and the length of time they wear uniforms.
Rebecca Fuoco, of the Green Science Policy Institute, said: “Bills that phase out all PFAS in non-essential product categories (like textiles) are a good approach. However, manufacturers shouldn’t wait for mandates to stop unnecessary uses of these chemicals.”